Even the best information security infrastructure cannot guarantee that intrusions or other malicious acts will not happen. When information or technology incidents occur, it will be critical for an organization to have an effective program, process, and qualified individuals responding.
The CERT-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification program has been created for
computer network incident handling and incident responder professionals
computer security incident response team (CSIRT) members and technical staff
system and network administrators with incident handling experience
incident handling educators
cyber security technical staff
The certification is recommended for those computer security professionals with one or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience. This ANSI/ISO 17024 Accredited and DoD 8570 compliant certification is recommended for those computer security professionals with one or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience. Although completion of training is not a requirement, we highly recommend that each applicant ensure they have studied appropriately for the examination.
SEI CERT provides certification and training programs to support the needs of DoD 8570 and provide military, civilian, and contract personnel who handle information assurance for DoD systems with the appropriate certification and training needed for the job they perform. The SEI’s CERT Virtual Training Environment provides on-line courses that support several certification programs, as well as development of core IA skills.
Every organization relies on professionals who are highly skilled in various computer security practices to operate successfully in today’s environment. These same organizations have discovered that using certifications is a way to identify, hire, and promote motivated and skilled individuals in the workforce. Recently the US DoD passed a new directive (8570.1M) that mandates all DoD Information Assurance personnel must obtain and maintain a security certification pertinent to their job requirements. The US Federal government is also considering the same type of provision for all US agencies.
SEI Certifications support the transition of best practices in various technologies. More specifically, SEI-Certified Computer Security Incident Handlers
are knowledgeable and skilled in the latest practices in the cyber security field
will produce high-quality results
have the abilities and skills to help an organization reach goals
have completed a industry leading qualification track
committed to a professional code of conduct that separates them from all other practitioners in the field
ensure that the organization stays current on recent innovations and research in the computer security field.
The certification program supports those who are computer security incident handling or incident responder professionals, computer security incident response team (CSIRT) members, network security technical staff, and other information assurance practitioners who are involved in incident handling functions.
Submit your Certification application with one (1) or more years of experience in incident handling in a technical and/or management role within seven (7) years of submission of the Certification Application. You will need to provide a detailed resume listing your relevant experience. (See the CSIH FAQ for more details on experience that meets the criteria for application.)
Submit a completed Certification Recommendation Form signed by your current manager.
Obtain a passing score on the CSIH certification examination. Submit examination and certification fee of $499 when registering for the examination Testing can be accomplished via the SEI testing network or in written format at conferences and events.
Candidates who successfully complete the examination are then submitted to the CSIH Advisory Board for confirmation of certification.
Candidates who do not successfully complete the examination are provided with a score report and guidance for next steps.
Successful candidates will receive a welcome kit that contains a certification diploma and other information about SEI certification. If at any time your performance during qualification is unsatisfactory, the SEI will provide you with feedback and, if necessary, steps for remediation.
Your CERT CSIH certification is valid for a period of three years from the award date. The SEI requires that you renew your certification according to the CSIH certification renewal requirements as listed on the CSIH renewal webpage.
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